Creston Man Dies After Being Released...

Creston Man Dies After Being Released from Police Custody

There are 240 comments on the WHO-TV story from Aug 26, 2008, titled Creston Man Dies After Being Released from Police Custody. In it, WHO-TV reports that:

August 26, 2008-- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is taking a look at the death of a Creston man, who died after being released from police custody Monday.

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DSMNOW

Chatsworth, CA

#221 Sep 23, 2008
I like the police in Creston I have worked with them before, the attoney is jack99s but the police have always been very helpfull.
DSMNOW

Chatsworth, CA

#222 Sep 23, 2008
You know who was actually the MOST helpfull-J.A.C.. and the sheriff everytime both were great. I am curious who here has an undergrad in Human Phys? How many of you have done post grad work in pathology? Hu, funny...
Helpful Not

United States

#223 Sep 23, 2008
DSMNOW wrote:
You know who was actually the MOST helpfull-J.A.C.. and the sheriff everytime both were great. I am curious who here has an undergrad in Human Phys? How many of you have done post grad work in pathology? Hu, funny...
You should read post 217, it is the report from the DCI on the death...it may enlighten you on some facts..........
Lucky you... to think Christensen is helpful...you can not know this man at all..he is anything but helpful or nice...he is a control freak and uses threats and intimidation to get what he wants...He (Christensen) should never have been Chief Of The Creston Police Department and his friend (Sickels) should never have been the Assistant...It was a very critical error in judgement on behalf of the former mayor and the Creston City Council..It was a crime waiting to happen........and had issues been addressed as they should have been...The city of Creston would not be facing the things they are now facing, because these two should have lost their jobs a very long time ago....Just My Opinion. They rank at the bottom of the list for human beings with any moral character
Just because

Overland Park, KS

#224 Sep 23, 2008
DSMNOW wrote:
You know who was actually the MOST helpfull-J.A.C.. and the sheriff everytime both were great. I am curious who here has an undergrad in Human Phys? How many of you have done post grad work in pathology? Hu, funny...
Just because they helped you in some medical situations doesn't mean you really KNOW them do you? HELL, their own wives don't know them. All I have to say is, they can still be lieing cheating nasty men!!! Who did not ever and definately not now deserve to be police officers.
Not arguing your medical degree, don't really care. Don't put everyone else down though. We are not stupid people either. You need to deflate your ego a little as I now see why you probably got along with them so well. Ego maniacs!!
Enough is Enough

Osceola, IA

#225 Sep 24, 2008
DSMNOW wrote:
I like the police in Creston I have worked with them before, the attoney is jack99s but the police have always been very helpfull.
Did you work with them all your life-like back in the good ole boys days of the 60's. I thought you stated that you were not involved with these people. Another surprise for you-Creston Has two or three cemetaries - but you are talking very coldy about death and that's not NORMAL. I have my point too - but Woman Power already told you to go talk to someone about counseling-before some one goes off the deep end. You could be nice, unless you hang with the wrong crowd. We have opinions, too. What does jack99's mean about the county attorney?
DSMNOW

Des Moines, IA

#226 Sep 24, 2008
You are right I do not know them, didn't mean to stir that pot.. Although I like to I really didn't mean to.
Woman Power

Chicago, IL

#227 Sep 24, 2008
DSMNOW wrote:
You are right I do not know them, didn't mean to stir that pot.. Although I like to I really didn't mean to.
Please do the world a favor, don't take care of that sleep apnea, you may one day not ever wake up.
Moved from Creston

Osceola, IA

#228 Sep 27, 2008
DSMNOW IS USUALLY FROM BERWICK, NOW IT SAYS DUBUQUE-ARE YOU THE SAME PERSON OR JUST HERE TO POST. YOU NEED A LONG VACATION FROM NOT KNOWING THEM-TO OH YEAH, I WORKED WITH THEM - NOW DO YOU KNOW THEM OR NOT KNOW THEM? CRUELTY ABOUT DEATH, FUNERAL HOMES AND CEMTAREIES--IS NOT FUNNY.NOW YOU WORKED WITH THEM - WENT TO SOME SORRY COLLEGE-BUT NOT HARVARD-WHAA. THAT DOES NOTMAKE YOU KNOWLEDGEABLE ON ALL POINTS...SORRY ABOUT YOUR LUCK AND YOUR PERSONALITY. mAYBE YOU SHOULD PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS HERE OR AT LEAST SHOW SOME TYPE OF EMPATHY. oNIONS COUNT.
FAREWAY

Clarinda, IA

#229 Sep 30, 2008
Seizure wrote:
<quoted text>No, 911 was not called to Fareway, did hear that the man was having a seizure,laying in the entry way and was tasered while he was still laying down...... and 3 officers picked him up and put him in the police car.....
YES THE MAN WAS HAVING A SEIZURE AND THAT IS THE REASON 911 WAS CALLED IN THE FIRST PLACE
History of Seizures

United States

#230 Oct 1, 2008
FAREWAY wrote:
<quoted text>
YES THE MAN WAS HAVING A SEIZURE AND THAT IS THE REASON 911 WAS CALLED IN THE FIRST PLACE
Yes that has all came out, that the young man was and did have a seizure, and the CPD were well aware of the mans history with seizures and tasered him anyway....
too bad

Osceola, IA

#231 Oct 9, 2008
Is any one who works or shops Fareway out there reading this. It looks bad, when in broad daylight a store worker panics in a main area of town, very visible, and no one can speak to the public or the paper. That's Creston for you. I like Fareway food, but this is also a reflection on what town I will shop the Fareway store. Can visit many friends and still shop Fareway---just not local. Sorry.
Me Too

United States

#232 Oct 9, 2008
too bad wrote:
Is any one who works or shops Fareway out there reading this. It looks bad, when in broad daylight a store worker panics in a main area of town, very visible, and no one can speak to the public or the paper. That's Creston for you. I like Fareway food, but this is also a reflection on what town I will shop the Fareway store. Can visit many friends and still shop Fareway---just not local. Sorry.
What, no one is coming forward, that town is starting to feel very empty..no more Fareway for me!!!!!!!!!!
too bad

Osceola, IA

#233 Oct 10, 2008
Me Too wrote:
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What, no one is coming forward, that town is starting to feel very empty..no more Fareway for me!!!!!!!!!!
Empty is right.I have family and friends who care and will think about what alternate stores in almost any small town. The eyewitness from Fareway and police station are silent. To stay away from the jail and courthouse is a no-brainer, too. Eyewitness from there also, but most are siding with police and saying nothing around town or in the paper. Reflection on where to shop and where to NOT! Fareway is sooo visible, but not a word from worker who called for help or all the former by-standers, who have disappeared.
Saddened

United States

#234 Oct 10, 2008
too bad wrote:
<quoted text>Empty is right.I have family and friends who care and will think about what alternate stores in almost any small town. The eyewitness from Fareway and police station are silent. To stay away from the jail and courthouse is a no-brainer, too. Eyewitness from there also, but most are siding with police and saying nothing around town or in the paper. Reflection on where to shop and where to NOT! Fareway is sooo visible, but not a word from worker who called for help or all the former by-standers, who have disappeared.
Nothing surprises me with this community, people are afraid to come forward for reasons only they can explain. But there is a real feeling of fear of retaliation.
I know there are witnesses to what happened, as they have posted on this sight as well as on the Creston News Advertiser sight.
I hope those afraid to come forward never need help, for it could be someone they know next time.
As our officers of the law are in grave question about thier past and present conduct.
Trust not being very plentiful right now.
We need someone with high moral integrity and charcter to come the community and show our high ranking officers how to regain the trust they have lost, and I do not know if that is possible.
I am very saddened to hear what you have posted but not surprised.
God be with this mans family and friends.
too bad

Osceola, IA

#235 Oct 13, 2008
Respect, Resposibility, and an explanation to the family and friends of the man who lost his life, while grocery shopping at Fareway in Creston. I'll just go to Oscoeola or DSM,or Winterset---no tasings at their stores. I can't believe the store worker nor the eye witness will step forward. If this was you family member or you ever need help---don'tforget---YOU were NOT willing to HELP.
I Wonder

United States

#236 Nov 3, 2008
Creston paper today

Creston Police cleared of wrongdoing in Taser incident

No one is at fault in his death.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Criminal Investigation has completed their report regarding the incident involving the death of Ronald Raymond Adkisson, 59.

The incident report from the DCI and autopsy report submitted by Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Michele J. Catellier were subsequently review by County Attorney Tim Kenyon.

According to the DCI, Creston Police officers followed departmental protocol and general policy during and after the incident.

The autopsy results indicate the cause of death to be seizure disorder/epilepsy. There is no indication that the actions of the officers brought on the first apparent seizure at Fareway nor the second/final seizure.

“Given the totality of the circumstances, it is clear that the officers of the Creston Police Department acted appropriately and professionally,” in a statement issued the city of Creston today.

“We’re pleased with the results because it showed our police department followed proper procedures,” said Creston Mayor Warren Woods in a Creston News Advertiser interview today.

Ronald Raymond Adkisson, 59, 612 Grand Ave., No. R2, was found not breathing on the sidewalk in front of the Union County Law Enforcement Center 7 p.m. Aug. 25. He was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

At 5:10 p.m. that day, emergency medical personnel and Creston Police officers had contact with Adkisson after receiving a 9-1-1 call from Fareway, 105 E. Adams St.

Upon reaching the scene, officers forcibly removed Adkisson from the store using a Taser. Adkisson was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and taken to the Union County Law Enforcement Center.

Adkisson was released from the law center on his own recognizance by 6:45 p.m.

At 8:25 p.m., Creston Police Department and Union Kenyon requested the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation investigate the death of Adkisson. Then Interim Police Chief Brian Burkhalter requested the reports in order to review the responsive actions of the Creston Police Department.

“The incident was not good at all, but we do feel the Creston Police Department followed everything correctly and we’re happy about that,” said Woods.

Not Pleased

United States

#237 Nov 4, 2008
The following was taken form the Creston News paper, and am distrurbed at the choice of words used, "the Creston Police Department acted appropriately and professonally" is this what our community wants, is this the procedure our community will except as appropriate.. Also the Mayor said he was "pleased with the results" has everyone lost all compassion, there is a young man who lost his life, he is no longer with his family and friends and to say our officers acted "appropriately and we are pleased". Poor use of words and should give us all something to think about, is this the policy we want our officers to follow??????????

The following is the words used..........
“Given the totality of the circumstances, it is clear that the officers of the Creston Police Department acted appropriately and professionally,” in a statement issued the city of Creston today.

“We’re pleased with the results because it showed our police department followed proper procedures,” said Creston Mayor Warren Woods in a Creston News Advertiser interview today.
clueless

Osceola, IA

#238 Nov 4, 2008
More trouble for the citizens. How can you feel safe? My opinion is that this was just over too easy and no remorse was expressed as to the loss of this 59 year old man. Tasers for the elderly - just doesn't seem fair - now that I am the elderly. I don't know if we're on the right track here - but prayers go out to the victim and his family. It is a tragedy. I did not care for the story - and it was on the third page. Not surprised.
Anonymous_1of2

Milwaukee, WI

#239 Feb 13, 2009
I didn't see Mr. Adkisson get Tasered. I haven't read any police reports on the incident. But I agree that Creston police officers seem to have used a Taser on Mr. Adkisson in accordance with their training. But it doesn't necessarily follow that they did nothing wrong; it only means that they did nothing that calls for them to be punished.
How could they possibly have done something wrong by following their training? The answer is very simple: how do we know they were appropriately trained?
I expect the answer is: Because they got their training from a Taser Training Course designed by Taser International Inc. and taught by an instructor who had been certified by Taser International Inc., the company that manufactures Tasers.
Isn't it curious that so many of these suspicious in-custody deaths following Taser use occur in law enforcement agencies whose officers get their training in Taser use from a course developed by Taser International Inc. that is presented by someone who is certified by Taser International Inc., while law enforcement agencies that offer in-house training in the use of Tasers that differs somewhat from the "company-approved" course tend to have NO such suspicious in-custody deaths, or else far fewer such deaths?
It raises an interesting question: What kind of "quality control standards" exist for law enforcement officer training courses? How can one tell whether a given course is going to train officers well, or poorly?
So far as I can tell, the law enforcement profession has NO standards for officer training courses! They just look at the source, and if they trust the source, the course must be OK.
So how do we know that the training in Taser use received by the officers of the Creston Police Department taught them how to use the Taser SAFELY? We don’t.
The death of Ronald Raymond Adkisson fits a pattern that has been observed in other deaths following use of a Taser. I’ve looked at the times. Mr. Adkisson must have been shocked with the Taser at about 5 p.m. at the Fareway store, because EMS was there by 5:10 p.m. He was released from custody at the Union County Law Enforcement Center at 6:45 p.m. Between then and 7 p.m. he collapsed while sitting on a bench outside the Center. So almost two hours passed between his getting the Taser shock, and his collapse.
Taser International Inc. officers would insist that the Taser could not possibly have been responsible for his collapse, because it didn’t occur IMMEDIATELY after he received the Taser shock. But there have been about 450 suspicious in-custody deaths following Taser use, and in most of these there has been a delay of a few minutes to a couple of hours between the Taser shock and the subsequent collapse.
Here is a specific example: the death of Yvelt Occean in New Kent County, VA. He was hitch-hiking on I95 when a sheriff’s deputy saw him and stopped, because hitch-hiking is illegal on the interstate highway system. Mr. Occean was not very co-operative in his behavior toward the deputy, who shocked him with a Taser, and then took him to jail. He collapsed and died in his jail cell about two hours after he had received the shock from the Taser.(Authorities ruled that his death had nothing to do with the Taser, but I’m not convinced of that.)
Anonymous_2of2

Milwaukee, WI

#240 Feb 13, 2009
The Taser has been put on the market for use on human beings with very little research having been done on it. It does appear to be safe when it is used on young people in very good health.

But Mr. Adkisson was NOT a young man in very good health; he was 59 years old and suffered from seizures. I think one cannot rule out the possibility that the Taser caused the death of Mr. Adkisson.

There is no justification for punishing officers who acted in accordance with their training, but if their training led them to do something that caused Mr. Adkisson's death, then their training needs to be revised, or the policies of the Creston Police Department need to be changed. And if these changes can't be made, maybe Creston police officers ought not to be carrying Tasers, at least, not until the effects of Tasers on human beings are better understood.

Arming law enforcement officers with a weapon that hasn't been thoroughly studied amounts to using members of the public as "guinea pigs" in a poorly designed experiment. It is unethical, and probably illegal, to conduct such experiments on human beings without first getting their informed consent. Perhaps Creston residents should make this point to the Creston Police Chief.

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